The Edith Wharton Murders (Nick Hoffman Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Born and raised in New York, he got over it and has spent half his life in Michigan. He's a pioneer in writing about children of Holocaust survivors, which he's been doing since 1978, longer than almost any other American author. He frequently tours with his books (check http://www.levraphael.com for his current schedule) and is currently touring with My Germany, a memoir/travelogue exploring the role Germany has played in his family, his life, and his career.
After he escaped academia to write full-time, he reviewed extensively for over a decade for the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Radio, The Washington Post, Jerusalem Report, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Forward, Boston Review, and Lambda Book Report. He now reviews for Bibliobuffet.com and WKAR 90.5 FM/East Lansing Public Radio, and when he's not busy, he sometimes imagines some graduate student years from now in the MSUL archives puzzling over his handwriting.
A seasoned reader of his own work, with a background in theater and teaching, he loves the performance aspect of touring, as well as meeting people he'd never meet back home. And the sightseeing. And the foreign foods. For photos from his previous German book tours, go to http://www.levraphael.com/europe_photos.html.
Top Customer Reviews
Elements that irked me in the self-conscious LET'S GET CRIMINAL, the first of this original series, are noticeably missing here. For example, main characters Nick and (particularly) Stefan are fleshed out and much more likeable (scatty, enthusiastic, emotional Nick is fast developing into a classic). Their relationship is explored, and I was relieved to see some fallout over the Perry Cross affair (no healthy person takes betrayal as meekly as Nick appeared to in LET'S GET CRIMINAL).
Raphael is refreshingly ruthless in targeting his murder victims from both old and new characters. He sets a lively pace and keeps his amusing cast dancing, while tantalyzing the reader with mouthwatering descriptions of good music, good food, good wine and clever conversation. And I think he makes a smart decision in keeping his mysteries non-gay specific. Nick and the reluctant Stefan are normal, attractive guys (who happen to be gay) caught up in the extraordinary occurrence of murder. It could happen to anyone--though probably not so entertainingly.
I can't wait to see what mischief Nick next gets himself--and the handsome and frequently disapproving Stefan--into.
This is a delightful read: poisonously funny, true to the setting, and obviously written by one who knows this world from the inside. I read it during a particularly stressful time, and it was a great escape. Thank goodness it's a series, as I was sorry when it ended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lev Raphael published his Nick Hoffman mysteries back in the 1990s, and has recently reintroduced them as e-books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a fan of both academic mysteries and Edith Wharton, I enjoyed this book immensely. It was my introduction to Raphael's protagonist Nick Hoffman, a composition teacher and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Monica Miller
This was a fun read. Normally I don't go in for mysteries, but this one has a novel, academic twist. I'll need to check out some of the other Nick Hoffman mysteries. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. V. Simson
What a delicious, quirky, genre-tweaking mystery. I loved it. -- Janice Eides, author of "The War of the Rosens," and "The Last Jewish Virgin"Published on March 30, 2012 by Janice Eidus
Professor Nick Hoffman is a very small fish swimming with the tenured and powerful sharks at the State University of Michigan, so his future in academia hangs in the balance when... Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Author Bill Peschel
This is my third Lev Raphael mystery (though I did not read them in order). I have liked them more and more with each one I have read, I think because I am growing to understand... Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Wanda B. Red
Lev Raphael's book, The Edith Wharton Murders is excellent. It is wounderfull to find a mystery that is engaging and well written. Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by VaCowboy
I love Lev Raphael's style. The main hero's - Nick Hoffman's - inner monologue is simply hilarious. The author's description of the academic life is acerbic and sarcastic and that... Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by Amazon Customer
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